Caps Players Visit Randolph Elementary

by ARLnow.com January 17, 2012 at 3:15 pm 4,103 8 Comments

Two Washington Capitals players, a coach and the team’s mascot visited Randolph Elementary School last week.

Defensemen Mike Green and Karl Alzner joined assistant coach Jim Johnson and mascot SlapShot at the school for “Capitals Hockey School.” The players answered questions from students in the school’s gymnasium before conducting a floor hockey clinic for 175 third through sixth graders.

“Alzner and Green instructed the students on basic hockey skills such as stick-handling, passing and shooting,” the Capitals noted in a press release. “The students were then called on to try out the skills in front of their peers.”

A boys versus girls shootout competition was held, resulting in a 1-0 win for the boys. A subsequent scrimmage resulted in a 0-0 tie between Alzner and the boys and Green and the girls. Three school staff members then scrimmaged against Alzner, Green and Johnson — and won by a score of 2-1.

Following the hour-long event — the eighth Capitals Hockey School in the D.C. area this season — Randolph Elementary was presented with donated street hockey equipment and all participating students were given autographed photos, squishy pucks and Hockey 101 booklets.

Green is expected to undergo surgery this afternoon to repair a sports hernia suffered earlier in the season. Alzner, meanwhile, was involved in his first NHL fight on Friday.

Photos courtesy Washington Capitals

  • GT

    Green was evaluated for a hangnail after the appearance and is listed as month-to-month.

    • j

      That was Alexander Semin.

  • CrystalMikey

    I must say, I’m pretty jealous oft these kids.

    • APS Teacher

      I am a teacher at this school! It was pretty amazing. A definite once in a lifetime experience. I am an adult and I was kind of “star struck” and I don’t follow hockey.

      For the guy that saw an astronaut in the 80’s, that was 2 years ago here. We have also met several amazing children’s authors. This is a great school with tremendous opportunities.

  • D’oh

    This is great. When I was in elementary school in the 80s we had an astronaut come visit and tell us about the space program. Still a big memory and I’m sure this will be for these kids as well.

  • Rick

    *Wednesday was 1/11. Thursday was 1/12

    • True. We unfortunately used that erroneous date directly from the press release without checking the calendar. Will modify the article to just say “last week.”

  • Steak-n-Eggs

    It’s too bad about Mike Green and his surgery. He does so much in the community for kids and always keeps a low profile regarding his charity work. I don’t think the guy gets enough credit for the person that he is.
    I hope he gets healthy soon and back on the ice for Caps.
    Karl Alzner is also another great guy. Super laid back with no
    sense of entitlement. What a memory for the kids at that school.


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